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Brain-Training with Computers Reduces Risk of Dementia

By Luciana Mitzkun Astonishing results of a recently published large-scale study in cognitive training indicate that certain computerized brain-training exercises can significantly lower risks of dementia or cognitive decline, even years after the training! The news is of great interest to all those who want to maintain cognitive skills as we age. Older adults are at increasing risk of developing…

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Music and Memory at Friendship Center

By Luciana Mitzkun Cramer Most members who attend Friendship Center are delighted with the wide variety of musical programs available. Music fills the soul, but it is also proven to have great benefits for the memory impaired. When used for recreation, music brings joy to all. Those with mild memory loss can fully appreciate musical performances and enjoy listening to…

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Summer is Here! Safe Travels With A Dementia Patient

By Luciana Mitzkun Cramer Dementia patients thrive in familiar environments and with a familiar routine. The more consistent the timing, frequency, and types of activities, the better they function and the better they feel. Adherence to routine creates a sense of safety, enhanced by the certainty of what is coming next. It avoids confusion. Families of patients in the earlier…

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The Importance of Social Interaction for Healthy Aging

By Luciana Mitzkun Cramer We humans are inherently social creatures, so it’s no surprise that social activity helps keep us physically and mentally healthy as we age. The importance of social interaction has been well-documented in multiple studies throughout the world—linked to reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been shown to lower…

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Friendship Center serving Santa Barbara in Montecito and Goleta

Friendship Center was founded in 1976 at Friendship Baptist Church on Cota Street in Santa Barbara. In 1979, Friendship Center was certified as a non-profit agency and was presented with the opportunity to move to its current location on the property of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. We have been in this lovely location happily ever since! Our centers offer a…

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Friendship Center Goleta

Friendship Center Goleta

Friendship Center opened an additional site in Goleta in 2011 to fulfill demand for adult day services in the area by families experiencing dementia in their elder loved ones. Location Information: 820 North Fairview, Goleta, CA 93117 phone (805) 845-7442   fax (805) 845-7498 Van service is not currently available to the Goleta Center, but members may make use of Easy Lift…

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